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The Hungering Dark Paperback – May 8, 1985
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In the first essay in this beautiful collection of reflections on biblical themes, Frederick Buechner reminds us of a famous scene in the film La Dolce Vita: a helicopter is flying overhead, and suspended below it is a statue of Jesus. It flies over a swimming pool where a group of girls lounge; the men flying above circle back, trying to get the girls' phone numbers. All of this is immensely amusing to everyone in the audience, Buechner writes, until the camera zooms in on the statue itself, "until just for a moment the screen is filled with just the bearded face of Christ. For a moment, he continues, the theater was silent, "as if the face were their face somehow, their secret face that they had never seen before but that they knew belonged to them." This, he concludes, "is much of what the Christian faith is."
We catch a glimpse of something true, Buechner tells us, and after that glimpse we are never again the same, try as we might to forget it. And the point of these essays, of course, is to remind us. --Doug Thorpe
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Powerful reflections on biblical themes point up the truth that the darkness of doubt is sometimes necessary to provoke a hunger for God and help us discover God's grace.
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Buechner is quoted far more often that he's read because he has succinct poetic phrases that look at typical theological issues from a different perspective. I tend to like his non-fiction better than the fiction works. His biographical reflections are what he's really known for though I like the sermon books such as this one best. I read it while I was in college and it was a significantly different way of looking at faith. I read it seven times before I began to understand it. That's not because it's inaccessible. It's because his way of thinking about faith was so drastically different than the culture in which I was raised. I stuck with it because I knew that people who I admired really liked Buechner and I was determined to get a better understanding of what he was about. He's the only author to whom I wrote. It was just a small letter to let him know I liked this book and was reading Godric at the time. He was kind enough to hand write a letter back to me. I've met a few other folks who have gotten similar letters from him.
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